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dr_dazmo
post Posted: Nov 22 2020, 03:49 PM
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Hi All,
Given the recent Wifi STC announcement, I thought this was of interest.

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Dr_Dazmo

https://simpleflying.com/gogo-intelsat-deal/

What Passengers Have To Gain From The Gogo – Intelsat Deal
by
Joanna Bailey
November 19, 2020

The impact of the pandemic has seen some big changes in the inflight connectivity space. Companies have shrunk, and bankruptcies have taken place as providers struggle to stay afloat. It came as no big surprise that Gogo was encumbered and forced to sell off its commercial aviation arm. But will the purchase by bankrupt satellite operator Intelsat mean better services for passengers? Let’s take a look.

Relieving the debt burden
One of the biggest moves in the inflight connectivity space this year has been the sale of leading IFC provider Gogo’s commercial airline division. Liquidity issues forced the company’s hand in the deal, selling the arm to Intelsat at a fire-sale price.

Intelsat itself recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but had positioned this move as a positive outcome, allowing it the time and breadth to restructure itself financially. At the time, CEO of Intelsat Stephen Spengler said that,

“Our success has come despite being burdened in recent years by substantial legacy debt. Now is the time to change that.”

The unburdening of its debt left Intelsat free to benefit from a refarming of spectrum in the US, but seemingly also in a position to take on Gogo’s commercial aviation arm for just $400 million. What does this new partnership mean for airlines, and can passengers expect a better inflight WiFi service as a result?

Why Intelsat bought Gogo
In a recent interview for Capacity Media, Spengler discussed the move to buy Gogo and what it will mean going forward. He said the deal is a strategic transaction that will add long-term value to his business. He noted that the inflight connectivity sector was expected to grow by double digits annually for the next decade and that Intelsat was keen to be a part of that growth.

The purchase will create what Spengler calls the ‘number one vertically integrated IFC provider in the world’. He noted that the combination of Intelsat’s global network and Gogo’s onboard antenna technology will make for a powerful partnership and meaningful enhancements to service capabilities.

The Intelsat CEO is targeting a ‘living room-like’ IFC experience for airline passengers, something that has largely been out of the reach of airlines to date. While avoiding expanding on any specific future plans, given that the Gogo transaction will not be finalized until Q1 of 2021, he stated that there is a firm belief that the partnership will see uptake by airlines all over the world.

Can passengers expect better inflight WiFi?
In terms of access, the deal with Intelsat will absolutely bring better WiFi connections for Gogo’s airline passengers. To date, Gogo has leveraged its ground-based ATG network to provide connectivity across contiguous North America while supplementing that with satellite connectivity from SES and Intelsat.


Going forward, Gogo will maintain ownership of its ATG network but will lease capacity to Intelsat. The ATG system is due an upgrade in 2021, which will bring 5G capabilities to the network and add capacity for passengers. On the satellite side, we could see Intelsat pointing more capacity at Gogo equipped planes, as it strives to please its new airline customers and acquire more business in the sector.

However, Intelsat needs to remember its other customers too. It has deals in place with Global Eagle and Panasonic Aero, which must not see a detriment due to this new deal. John Wade, Gogo’s president of Commercial Aviation, is confident the overall outcome will be positive for everyone, telling Aviation Today,

“Intelsat has a great repertoire of satellites that give it global access. With its planned roadmap to the future, that’s only going to get stronger and better. That means we’re going to be able to bring very competitive, very high caliber, high service level in-flight WiFi to the world’s airlines.”

The acquisition is due to wrap up early in 2021. From there, we’ll have to wait and see if the partnership does indeed deliver on its promises.





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nipper
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I thought Embraer was a manufacturer
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Embraer S.A. is a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate that produces commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft




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dr_dazmo
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Hi Ciabatta,
I suspect the foreign airline is Embraer based on past history. wink.gif

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ciabatta
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In Reply To: dr_dazmo's post @ Nov 15 2020, 02:06 PM

Thanks, Dr_Dazmo!
That's a really interesting, and very promising, piece of news. Hmmm, a foreign aircraft manufacturer, as well, eh. I wonder who that could be ...

 
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Hi All,
Thought this was newsworthy given the document title - "Sandia National Laboratories - Tech Transfer Success Stories 2020".
Hopefully we are on the cusp of a significant change in structural monitoring.

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Dr_Dazmo


https://www.sandia.gov/working_with_sandia/...9%20O%20Web.pdf

Enhancing Aviation Safety

Sandia’s expertise in structural health monitoring is enhancing structural
integrity for commercial airlines.

PROBLEM
The aging fleet of aircraft in the United States amplifies the probability of structural integrity issues and
accompanying complications. Inspection systems and repair practices are being developed to help enable the
aviation community to maintain the commercial aging fleet more safely and cost effectively. These improved
technologies will provide constant monitoring for the structural integrity of aircraft to ensure passenger safety
and security. Sandia National Laboratories has worked in aviation safety for over 25 years in conjunction with
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Sandia began its long history in the field when the FAA, in response
to several aviation incidents, increased its research efforts to improve inspection, maintenance, and repair of
commercial aircraft.

INNOVATIVE EDGE
Sandia’s Airworthiness Assurance Center (AANC), which is operated for the FAA by the laboratory, conducts
independent inspection and maintenance development, reliability, flight testing, and technology transfer
activities to facilitate the use of improved practices into the industry. Areas of expertise for the laboratory include
nondestructive inspection (NDI), advanced materials, engines, structural integrity, and a wide range of other
airworthiness assurance areas.
A structural health monitoring program at AANC has collaborated with the Boeing Corporation, Delta Air Lines,
Structural Monitoring Systems, Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp, and the FAA to understand the technical
gaps of implementing structural health monitoring on commercial aircraft and the potential effects on FAA
regulations and guidance. Recent activity has included the development of built-in sensors that automatically
and remotely assess an aircraft’s structural condition in real time and signal the need for maintenance. The team
worked to provide the installation procedures for these new sensors to technicians and now oversees monitoring
of the in-flight tests. Delta Air Lines and a foreign aircraft manufacturer have partnered with Sandia researchers in
two separate programs to install about 100 sensors on their commercial aircraft. These sensors are now part of
an FAA certification process that will make the sensors widely available to US airlines.


COMMERCIALIZATION AND INDUSTRY IMPACT
Once the sensors have passed through the FAA’s certification process, structural health monitoring in aircraft will
help commercial airlines be more cost effective by basing maintenance on the actual condition of aircraft, rather
than fixed schedules and inspection routines.
Constant monitoring for structural health will also assist airlines by
increasing oversight and decreasing aircraft downtime, particularly if sensors are mounted in hard-to-reach areas.
Improved practices will reduce preventable aircraft failures as well as the accompanying safety issues. Benefits will
be passed on to passengers, further ensuring safety and on-time flights.



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dr_dazmo
post Posted: Nov 13 2020, 05:47 AM
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Hi All,
Following on from Ryarair, here is how Delta's Ed Bastion see things.

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https://www.barrons.com/articles/how-deltas...ape-51605178800

Barron’s: We are seeing an explosion in coronavirus cases in the U.S. and abroad. What’s your outlook for the fourth quarter and do you still expect Delta to turn an operating profit next spring?

Ed Bastian: The virus isn’t in a good place in many parts of the country and cities where we operate. But there’s been a steady build of air traffic coming back. It’s averaged gains of 1% to 2% a week for the last six months. We’re now at 35% of traffic levels compared to a year ago. While the numbers are still dramatically below pre-pandemic levels, people are getting more comfortable and understand the safety of air travel.

We set a goal to get our cash burn down to $10 million to $12 million a day in the fourth quarter, and we’re still on a path to get there. The revenue improvements we saw through October have stayed steady, so we’re not adjusting our guidance other than to say we’re continuing to get better.

We expect to be cash-flow-positive by the spring, and still think that’s a good general estimate. Whether it’s the news from Pfizer [PFE] on a vaccine, or other medical advances, we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. There won’t be a big surge of travel, but confidence is being built. The surge in the virus is a cause for concern, but all the improvements we’re seeing from the medical field is a source of encouragement.



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dr_dazmo
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In Reply To: ciabatta's post @ Nov 12 2020, 02:40 PM

Hi Ciabatta,
I agree with you & expect a relatively quick snap back on tourist travel once the confidence level of travelers increases on the back of a potential vaccine & falling cases.
Business travel is a more complicated issue with cost reductions achieved through Zoom, etc, but being a bit old school, I don't think there is an substitute for face to face meetings, conferences, etc.

As with all things, time will tell

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ciabatta
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Dr_Dazmo, what's your assessment of Michael O'Leary's comments? Personally, I can see no reason why the tourist market will not bounce back very quickly. Pent-up demand will provide a powerful stimulus to this section of the market. Business travel, on the other hand, may be more problematical. If, as has been widely suggested, many businesses have become accustomed to the use of Zoom and its ilk, those customers may well take significant time to return to a pre-Covid19 behaviour pattern. The consequences for individual airlines may therefore be heavily contingent on their respective product mix.
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Hi All,
Looks like Ryanair has a different view to many in the aviation industry.

Dr_Dazmo


https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-...ab-f6ac2330f496

Aviation boss rubbishes dire outlook, predicts airlines on brink of boom time

By Mark Saunokonoko • Senior Journalist
2:22pm Nov 11, 2020

Struggling airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia are on the cusp of boom time with news a coronavirus vaccine is close, an aviation boss has predicted.
Ryanair supremo Michael O'Leary has rubbished aviation industry forecasts that the sector will take years to recover from the pandemic downturn.
"There's going to be an enormous snapback on travel demand," Mr O'Leary, an Irish billionaire businessman never afraid to swim against the tide of popular opinion, said.

Speaking at the World Travel Market conference, he said Ryanair expected air passenger numbers to bounce back to almost normal levels by the middle of next year.
"I've heard a lot of rubbish coming from legacy airlines that it'll be 2035 till the volumes come back. Rubbish. Volumes will go back in 2021 or 2022 pretty quickly," he said.


Mr O'Leary said his predictions were based on coronavirus vaccines being "widely available to high-risk groups" by March next year.
Today, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia was well-placed to have vaccines in the country by March.
Against a backdrop of Qantas posting record-revenue losses and Virgin going into voluntary administration, Mr O'Leary projected Ryanair was "at the dawn of an extraordinary era of growth".
If accurate, the news will breathe new life into Australian carriers, who are many months into the devastating and complete shutdown of their international routes.
With its fleet mothballed, Qantas lost $2.7 billion in the year to June.

Qantas boss Alan Joyce confirmed in August his airline was losing an eye-watering $40 million every week.
The national carrier has stood down about 20,000 employees, and axed thousands more jobs. The trickle down effect has been huge.
Cash-strapped Virgin Australia collapsed in April, after it had fallen into more than $5 billion in debt before the pandemic even hit.
US private equity group Bain Capital swooped in to buy the stricken airline.
In October Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran told the Sydney Morning Herald it would take at least until 2023 for demand to return to pre-coronavirus levels.

Speaking in August to CNBC, Qantas chief executive Joyce said he expected the airline would have only recovered 50 per cent of its international market by its 2022 fiscal year.
An effective, widely distributed coronavirus vaccine could radically alter those gloomy projections.





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dr_dazmo
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Hi All,
Looks like Ryanair has a different view to many in the aviation industry.

Dr_Dazmo


https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-...ab-f6ac2330f496

Aviation boss rubbishes dire outlook, predicts airlines on brink of boom time

By Mark Saunokonoko • Senior Journalist
2:22pm Nov 11, 2020

Struggling airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia are on the cusp of boom time with news a coronavirus vaccine is close, an aviation boss has predicted.
Ryanair supremo Michael O'Leary has rubbished aviation industry forecasts that the sector will take years to recover from the pandemic downturn.
"There's going to be an enormous snapback on travel demand," Mr O'Leary, an Irish billionaire businessman never afraid to swim against the tide of popular opinion, said.

Speaking at the World Travel Market conference, he said Ryanair expected air passenger numbers to bounce back to almost normal levels by the middle of next year.
"I've heard a lot of rubbish coming from legacy airlines that it'll be 2035 till the volumes come back. Rubbish. Volumes will go back in 2021 or 2022 pretty quickly," he said.


Mr O'Leary said his predictions were based on coronavirus vaccines being "widely available to high-risk groups" by March next year.
Today, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia was well-placed to have vaccines in the country by March.
Against a backdrop of Qantas posting record-revenue losses and Virgin going into voluntary administration, Mr O'Leary projected Ryanair was "at the dawn of an extraordinary era of growth".
If accurate, the news will breathe new life into Australian carriers, who are many months into the devastating and complete shutdown of their international routes.
With its fleet mothballed, Qantas lost $2.7 billion in the year to June.

Qantas boss Alan Joyce confirmed in August his airline was losing an eye-watering $40 million every week.
The national carrier has stood down about 20,000 employees, and axed thousands more jobs. The trickle down effect has been huge.
Cash-strapped Virgin Australia collapsed in April, after it had fallen into more than $5 billion in debt before the pandemic even hit.
US private equity group Bain Capital swooped in to buy the stricken airline.
In October Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran told the Sydney Morning Herald it would take at least until 2023 for demand to return to pre-coronavirus levels.

Speaking in August to CNBC, Qantas chief executive Joyce said he expected the airline would have only recovered 50 per cent of its international market by its 2022 fiscal year.
An effective, widely distributed coronavirus vaccine could radically alter those gloomy projections.





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